Saturday, March 15, 2014

there is green in my blog if you look

Green is a welcomed color after all this snow. I honestly never spotted as many shades of green (more romantic than shades of gray I believe) until I drove around Ireland. A very rural country and it was even more so back in 1989, my first trip there.

If you are a long time (further back than the last St. Patrick's Day and of course can remember things you read up here) follower then you may recall me sharing memories of our big trip to Ireland. 

This "and it’s no nay never" post explains how this Irish trip came to be.

I'm not Irish but I married Irish so I have many Irish in-laws. They can sing but are terrible at directions (I don't really believe in sweeping generalizations but there is plenty of great music in Ireland). Last summer we were visit by a couple of Irish relatives, Seamus and Kathleen. Listening to that Irish accent brought back memories.

Irish visitors in Chicago '13

Our whole crew '89

Ashford Castle '89

scenes of rolling green
traffic jams of sheep
misty rain
toe tapping music in pubs and local shows
driving on the left
helpful friendly people

You can find more photos from around the world at Unknown Mami's Sundays in my City (click the button below)

Unknown Mami
off the top of my head and from the bottom of my heart
I wish you a Happy St. Paddy’s Day 


Frau said...

Love Ireland. Your pictures are great! We went in 2005 and loved it, I dream of going back some day! My niece is there now visiting a friend there studying aboard.....tough life these kids have! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

lisleman said...

thanks, I have not been there in over 10 years.

Yes our children's generation travel more than us. Travel is good.

Joanne said...

You stopped my heart at No, nay, never! Erin go braugh.

Dorothy in Oz said...

Haven't been to Ireland...yet. Love the 80s fashion in those pictures!

lisleman said...

that is a great song. thanks and Erin go braugh

lisleman said...

Those 80's fashion is one reason I decided on putting the date in the picture caption. thanks

Mrs4444 said...

Sounds like a great trip!

Judy said...

WE love Ireland too! If you want an Irish accent visit Newfoundland.

Tami said...

I loved our trip to Ireland. It's such a beautiful country. My husband and I would like to return soon. We toured the southern party of the country. Where did you visit?

molly said...

What great memories


Star Traci said...

I love the 1989 picture! My family visited England in 1988 when I was a teen. We loved it and bemoaned that we couldn't visit Ireland, as well ( we are Shannon-s after all)
Happy St. Patty's Day!

Cheryl P. said...

I am Irish but have never been to Ireland....yet. I would love to go at some point. Great pictures. When you traveled you really had a nice sized entourage.

lisleman said...

Yes we did. The B&B's had to have at least two rooms for us. You should stop there on one leg of a Germany trip if you have more of those coming. Thanks so much for reading the other posts too.

lisleman said...

Oh, being a Shannon would make you feel at home by the Shannon river. thanks

lisleman said...

thanks yes they were.

lisleman said...

Yes, the southwest mostly. We traveled once to the east coast and took a ferry to Wales. Most of our time was in County Clare.
The plane in the picture was the one that took us out to the Aran Islands from Galway. We made the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher. We were able to be there for a whole summer while I worked over there. I bet you did the Ring of Kerry too.

lisleman said...

I didn't know that about Newfoundland which of course is not too close either. I find Irish accents in Chicago occasionally.

lisleman said...

It certainly was. One of the top trips I ever had. thanks

Tami said...

We stayed around the County Clare area. We attended a wedding in Tipperary. Ring of Kerry was gorgeous! My husband took gorgeous photos of the Cliffs of Moher. I've been told a railing has recently been built around the edges of the cliffs.

lisleman said...

thanks - the Ring of Kerry is one that gets recommended to everyone. It is a beautiful drive. I heard the same thing about the cliffs, but I don't know.

Scarlet Blue said...

Happy Paddy's Day!!
It's true, they are vocally gorgeous!

Secret Agent Woman said...

This part of the country is similarly lushly green and apparently many Irish people settled here because it resembled home.

lisleman said...

I can see your green and hills reminding them of Ireland. I don't think you have as many sheep as they do now.

Digital Pixelia said...

Happy St Patrick's day. Love these pictures.


lisleman said...


unknownmami said...

Lovely glimpses into the pasts.

lisleman said...

thanks they are fond memories.

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